(April-May 1950)

DC, 1940 Series
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Price:
0.10 USD
Pages:
52
Indicia frequency:
bi-monthly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
National Comics Publications, Inc.
Brand:
Superman DC National Comics
Editing:
Whitney Ellsworth (credited); Julius Schwartz (actual)
Color:
Color
Dimensions:
Standard Golden Age U. S.
Paper Stock:
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding:
Saddle-stitched
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils:
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]]; Mr. Prince
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Indexer Notes

The original cover art for this issue also had the figure of the Flash penciled in below the Atom's figure, but it did not appear on the final version of the cover.

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Part 1) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen (splash page only); Arthur F. Peddy
Inks:
Frank Giacoia (splash page only); Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [The Flash [Jay Garrick]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Dr. Mid-Nite [Dr. Charles McNider]]; Professor Matthews (anthropologist); The Four Kings of the Ancient Super-Race [Mr. Monarch; Mr. Prince; Mr. Crown; The Masked One] (villains)
Synopsis:
The JSA have been missing for over a year with crime rampant and the threat of WW3 a possibility. The tale begins a year before when the JSA was summoned by Professor Matthews to Africa. From him they learn the story of four ancient kings of a super-race, and they follow the Professor to a cavern containing a vaccum glass case holding the kings in suspended animation. The case is broken, releasing them....but the king's mental commands put the JSA into a year-long sleep. Returning to Civic City, they read of four leaders of new war parties, so the JSA splits up to tackle them.
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Keywords:
Civic City; Civic City Clarion; Golden Lasso

Indexer Notes

Splash page art credits from Craig Delich and Jerry Bails.

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Part 2) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 10 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; un-named South American leader; The Blue Shirts (villains, all reform); The Gladiators (villains, all reform); Mr. Prince (villain, Super-Race King); Mr. Monarch (villain, Super-Race King)
Synopsis:
Hawkman and Wonder Woman stop Mr. Prince from forcing a South America leader to declare war through mental influence, then convince the Blue Shirts that they are being duped by a king of an ancient super race. Hawkman and Wonder Woman try to apprehend the villain, who mysteriously vanishes before their eyes.

Meanwhile, Mr. Monarch is hard at work in southeastern Europe trying to get the leader to declare war, but he refuses, so the new Gladiator Party of Monarch goes on a rampage until Black Canary and the Flash reveal that Monarch is an ancient king. With that, Monarch suddenly vanishes.
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Keywords:
Golden Lasso

The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Part 3) (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America / comic story / 14 pages (report information)

Script:
John Broome
Pencils:
Arthur F. Peddy
Inks:
Bernard Sachs
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Justice Society of America [Dr. Mid-Nite; The Atom [Al Pratt]; Green Lantern [Alan Scott]; Hawkman [Carter Hall]; Black Canary [Dinah Drake]; Wonder Woman [Diana Prince]; The Flash [Jay Garrick]]; Professor Matthews; un-named African Sultan; Robert; Marie (Robert's husband); The Cavaliers (villains, nomads, all reform); The Swordmen (villains, all reform); The Four Kings of the Ancient Super-Race [The Masked One; Mr. Prince; Mr. Monarch; Mr. Crown] (villains, all die)
Synopsis:
The Masked One and his Cavaliers are livid because the Sultan refuses to declare war, so he plans a trap that the Atom and Dr. Mid-Nite manage to foil the attempt and capture him...but he vanishes.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., citizens are being mentally bombarded to force their Congressmen to declare war. So G.L. goes to Washington D.C. to battle Mr. Crown and his Swordmen, but, again, the villain vanishes into thin air.

Back in Civic City, the JSA meets Professor Matthews, and all return to Africa to face the Four Kings for a final time, and thwart their launching of atomic missiles.
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Keywords:
Blackout Bomb; Golden Lasso; Power Ring; Washington D.C.

Illinois (Table of Contents)

State Facts / filler / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Martin Naydel (signed)
Inks:
Martin Naydel (signed)
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This filler did NOT appear in the Archives.

The Incredible Death Valley Scotty (Table of Contents)

comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Gardner F. Fox
Pencils:
John Giunta
Inks:
John Giunta
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
adventure
Characters:
Death Valley Scotty

Indexer Notes

This story did NOT appear in the Archives.

Credits from copies of editorial records sent to Gene Reed by Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

Watch Dogs of the Sea (Table of Contents)

text article / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Julius Schwartz
Pencils:
Raymond Perry
Inks:
Raymond Perry
Colors:
Raymond Perry
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
non-fiction

Indexer Notes

This text story did NOT appear in the Archives.

Script credit from editorial records sent to Gene Reed by Nelson Bridwell in 1986.

[The Principle of the Steam Turbine] (Table of Contents)

Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes / filler / 0.66 page (report information)

Script:
?
Pencils:
Irwin Hasen
Inks:
Bob Oksner
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
non-fiction
Characters:
The Atom [Al Pratt]
Synopsis:
The Atom, guest scientist for the month, gives step-by-step instructions on how to build a version of the steam turbine, which is the same basic principle used in turbojet engines.

Indexer Notes

This filler is NOT in the Archives.

Art credits by Craig Delich (January 2006).

The Last Man on Earth! (Table of Contents)

Johnny Peril's Surprise Story! / comic story / 5 pages (report information)

Script:
Howard Purcell
Pencils:
Howard Purcell
Inks:
Frank Giacoia
Colors:
?
Letters:
?

Genre:
fantasy-supernatural
Characters:
Johnny Peril

Indexer Notes

Art credits from Gene Reed, formerly credited to Bruno Premiani, and, before that, both pencils and inks were credited to Purcell.

This feature did NOT appear in the Archives.

Code for Buddies (Table of Contents)

Superman / public service announcement / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Jack Schiff
Pencils:
Al Plastino
Inks:
Al Plastino
Colors:
?
Letters:
Ira Schnapp

Genre:
superhero
Characters:
Superman [Clark Kent]

Indexer Notes

This PSA was NOT reprinted in the Archives.

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. The Secret Conquest of the Earth!
    Justice Society of America
  2. 1. The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Part 1)
    Justice Society of America
  3. 2. The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Part 2)
    Justice Society of America
  4. 3. The Secret Conquest of the Earth! (Part 3)
    Justice Society of America
  5. 4. Illinois
    State Facts
  6. 5. The Incredible Death Valley Scotty
  7. 6. Watch Dogs of the Sea
  8. 7. [The Principle of the Steam Turbine]
    Justice Society of America Laboratory Notes
  9. 8. The Last Man on Earth!
    Johnny Peril's Surprise Story!
  10. 9. Code for Buddies
    Superman
This issue was most recently modified by:
  • Jim Van Dore
  • Craig Delich
  • Per Sandell
  • Gene Reed
Issues in this series have been indexed by:
  • Jon Ingersoll